Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy has been a resounding success so far! Have you read it? Did you love it? Did you review it? I need everyone to rave about it so Lucy writes a sequel! I need to know what Riley’s middle name is!

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check it out here:

From Lucy: Thanks to your beautiful faces and one-clicking fingers, Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door hit #5 in the Amazon Kindle store! That’s HUGE. Mega huge. Gigantamoo if you will (my sister made that word up from gigantic and humongous. I think cheese balls and wine were involved).

“I freaking loved it!!! The mystery, romance, comedy, and suspense…it gave me everything I love all in one…” —Abby Garza

“Lucy you’re a genius! Thank you for the book I had no idea I needed in my life!” —Kristal Allen

“Thanks for the book hangover!!” —Maxine Bosko

“A freaking comedic masterpiece!” —Ellen Kessing

“I don’t think I have ever laughed so much while reading a book.” —Melanie Marnell

“Seriously amused by the color descriptions in RTatDGND. Shit brown, mud brown, pea soup green, jaundice yellow, urine yellow, morale-crushing gray…” —Deborah Fogt

“…only Lucy can fix a Lucy hangover.” —Casey Teeters (on why she was reading another Lucy book immediately after Dead Guy Next Door)

“WARNING: Lucy Score books are NOT SAFE in the time of Covid-19!! Lucy Score books will make you laugh and more importantly, snort. Snot may inadvertently come out of your nose! This is unsanitary and unsafe during this pandemic. You will need to sanitize! You will need to look around and make sure no one saw it happen! Beware and be safe!” —Suzie Mengelt


Sure, she was divorced and broke and her stupid ex-husband was probably buying a new custom-tailored tux, but at least she hadn’t been mauled by a grizzly bear in the Canadian wilderness.

“I fell for the spray-tanned ‘good’ guy. I’m not going to rebound with the tattooed bad boy. We have disaster written all over us.”

“My lady parts are so rusty I don’t know if they could actually handle a night with Nick Santiago in my bed.”

You fabulous readers really showed up at the polls for Charlie Thorne’s new name! 5,438 of you to be exact. And while there was love for all names on the poll and a lot of suggestions for names not on the poll, there was a clear winner.

In case you didn’t hear, Lucy’s next book, Charlie Thorne and the Dead Guy Next Door is having to be renamed. It’s still releasing August 27, but with a new heroine name. Between the time Lucy did her Google name search and the time she announced the title, another author released a children’s book with ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME TITLE! Whoops! Luckily, there is still time to change the title and character’s name within the book. Lucy will announce the new title as soon as a new heroine name is picked! Stay tuned!

From Lucy: These are the FIRST TWO books that Mr. Lucy and I ever published together. They were the beginning of a beautiful working relationship… even though they were supposed to be one book and there’s kind of a cliffhanger in the middle. Which apparently was a huge no-no at the time. I’M SUCH A RULE BREAKER! 😂 I love Xavier and Waverly for so many reasons. Here are just a couple of them!

One couple.
Two books.
Five years.
Enemies to lovers.
Bodyguard romance.
Underestimated heroine (my fave!!).
MAJOR steam factor. Like maybe pre-chill your Kindle before reading.

Did you ever hear a sound so wonderful that your ears hugged the sides of your head in ear-y delight? Get ready for it to happen because By a Thread’s audiobook is LIVE!

If you’ve got an Audible credit burning a hole in your pocket, now is the time to use it!

Sebastian York is a blush-worthy hero (especially in that restroom scene) and Erin Mallon will make you stand up and cheer for our heroine!

If you’ve purchased the ebook already, once the book is WhisperSynced* on Amazon you can get the audiobook at a deep discount!

*Lucy has no control over how long it takes Amazon to WhisperSync the audio and she ran out of bribery money already.

This is your last chance to grab By a Thread at the bargain price of $2.99 before the price goes up to $5.99 next week!

By a Thread reached #2 in the entire US Kindle Store this week!

Apparently, Mr. Lucy has politely requested Lucy stop doing the Queen’s wave every time she enters his office! Have you read it yet?

By a Thread is a steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart just beneath her boss’s sexy vests.

Take me to By a Thread!

Here’s a teeny, tiny appetizer for you from the upcoming By a Thread (April 23, put it in your calendar!)…


We were both quiet for a long beat. Him still gripping my wrist. Me still staring at him as if he’d just announced he had four testicles and dreamed of someday raising miniature donkeys.
“I wanted to clear the air,” he said, pressing on. “If Harry was picking up on something between us, then others will also. That’s not the kind of environment Label is. Not anymore.”
My brain was still wading through his speech. There was something real, something vulnerable in there, and I needed several uninterrupted days to process it all.
“Say something,” he demanded gruffly.
“Well, the first thing that comes to mind is: I look great naked,” I told him. The man put his head down on the table, and I almost laughed.
“Dammit. I knew it,” he said mournfully.

By a Thread (affectionately known as Grumpy Grump Face for several months) is a standalone, grumpy boss, forbidden relationship, slow burn, romantic comedy.

Coming to Amazon in ebook, paperback, and KindleUnlimited on April 23.

Because times are tough and money is tight, It will be on sale for $2.99. At 138,000 words, that works out to roughly $0.00002166 a word. A bargain!

Almost two months after the release of Protecting What’s Mine, Chief Sexy Pants and Doc Dreamy are still heating up the Amazon charts! They’re hanging out in the top 50 with over 450 reviews!

I’m so proud of Lucy’s efforts to bring you this book. Lucy worried she might not be able to do justice to all the hard working first responders out there, so she created a Facebook group just for help getting all the details correct. I think she did okay, don’t you? My husband is a retired firefighter, and Lucy captured the life of a firefighter perfectly! Lucy loved Chief Lincoln Reed from the first moment she created Luke and Harper, and I think it shows that he’d been marinating in the back of her big brain for a couple years.

Haven’t read Protecting What’s mine yet? Here’s a snippet!

Between twisted metal and over broken glass, strangers helped strangers. Bystanders became heroes on someone else’s worst day. They fetched water bottles and corralled pets. Applied pressure to wounds, lent cell phones and shoulders. They offered strangers hard hugs and whispered promises that everything would be okay. 

A pretty young thing in a green dress gently cleaned blood from an elderly man’s face with a napkin while an EMT checked his vitals. The man’s wife clutched his hand to her chest. Silent tears tracked down her lined face. 

Linc didn’t care for the hero label when others applied it to him. He was trained for this. He had years of experience. He chose this profession. But the woman, probably on her way to meet a friend for lunch, hadn’t. The truck driver supporting a limping teenager and the teenage girl whispering jokes to the man on a stretcher? Those were the real heroes. 

Sigh. Wasn’t that great? Protecting What’s Mine is a stand alone, but best read after Pretend You’re Mine and Finally Mine. I call it the Benevolence Series! Linc, Mack, and Linc’s dog Sunshine will make your heart beat faster!

Joyce aka Lucy’s assistant/boss/wrangler